John Paul McQueen (James Sutton) was taken aback after Scott Drinkwell (Ross Adams) leaned in for a kiss, reciprocating a number of times before pulling away.
The former deputy head teacher, as fans will know, has been seeking advice from Carter Shepherd (David Ames), who has been inviting him to ‘self-help’ sessions with a number of men
The sessions in question, unbeknown to John Paul, are actually part of Carter’s secret ‘conversion’ therapy programme.
Thursday’s streamingoffering of the Channel 4 soap saw John Paul, who has been manipulated by Carter into thinking that one must resist temptation, set off to help Scott with his audition for the Christmas panto.
Scott was as fabulous as ever as Anita Tinkle, with John Paul having helped him sew the dress he was wearing for the part.
Little did they know, however, that Carter was watching from afar and snapped a picture, posting it anonymously online, suggesting that the two men shouldn’t be allowed to work at a youth club.
After the audition, John Paul accompanied Scott back to his place, where he apologised for the way that he’d treated him when they were together many moons ago.
Sept up in the moment, Scott leaned in for a kiss, with John Paul reciprocating before apologising profusely and storming out, leaving Scott upset.
John Paul, as viewers know, is under the impression that he must resist temptation and sex due to Carter’s teaching and manipulation, and thus he was heartbroken that he’d disappointed Carter by kissing Scott.
Carter urged him to pray for forgiveness but John Paul soon came to realise that the head teacher was encouraging him to turn his back on being gay, as if it were some sort of choice.
Asking him outright, John Paul quizzed Carter on if he’s practicing conversion therapy. The subsequent episode, which can be streamed from Friday (November 10) is a big one for the storyline in question and not one to be missed.
Hollyoaks streams weeknights at 7:30pm on Channel 4’s streaming platform, or catch episodes on TV at 7pm on E4.
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